As you start the second quarter, I want you to think for a moment about “when” you achieve a goal. Let’s not get into “why”, “where” or “how”. But, “when”?
I recently celebrated three years as a non-smoker—and having “quit” many times before, I firmly believe this time was successful because I decided I was ready to quit. I actually became a non-smoker when the decision was made. At that exact moment, somewhere deep inside the recesses of my brain the change was made.
There is no proof that success is based on education, IQ, geography, race, religion or other outside factors. It’s not even genetic. In fact it’s just the opposite: most billionaires in the world today are first generation—they did not inherit their fortune.
As you set out to achieve your goals for 2012, I submit to you that the successful accomplishment of those goals happens today. Right now. Right this moment…if you DECIDE you’re going to be successful.
Don’t believe me? Here are a few examples:
-Before the steroid scandal, Jose Canseco was a brash, young, naturally gifted baseball player. In 1986—his first full year in the major leagues he barely missed the “30/30 Club” (30 home runs and 30 stolen bases). It had only been done 11 times before in more than 100 years of organized professional baseball. After the season, Canseco made the comment that the following season he’d just join the “40/40 Club”. There was just one problem.
It had never been done. By anyone. (I honestly don’t think he knew it hadn’t been done)
But, he DECIDED he was going to do it.
Care to guess what happened? In 1987, Jose Canseco hit 42 home runs and stole 40 bases and created his own “40/40 Club”.
-Let’s go back to May 5, 1961, the Freedom 7 spacecraft was launched into orbit with Alan Shepard aboard making him the first American in space. The flight lasted less than 16 minutes and traveled just 116 miles above the earth. Less than THREE WEEKS later on May 25, 1961, in his address to Congress, President John F. Kennedy said America WOULD put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.
The decision was made.
Here’s what the President said: “Let it be clear that I am asking the Congress and the country to accept a firm commitment to a new course of action–a course which will last for many years and carry very heavy costs: 531 million dollars in fiscal ’62–an estimated seven to nine billion dollars additional over the next five years. If we are to go only half way, or reduce our sights in the face of difficulty, in my judgment it would be better not to go at all.”
What he was saying was this: Make a decision and GO!
On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong stepped from Apollo 11 onto the surface of the moon.
Let me give you one more example: If the two of us were in Los Angeles and decided to go to New York, we could get there couldn’t we? Granted it may take time, money, effort and more than a little ingenuity, but we’d make it.
Would there be bumps along the way? Sure. Would we have to take a detour or two before we got to The Big Apple? Probably so. But, eventually we’d arrive at our destination simply because we made the decision that we were going to get there.
So, let me challenge you: Decide today. Now. Right Now. Before you finish reading this blog. Make the decision and commit to it—you will achieve your 2012 goals. No questions asked. Feel that change internally.
Now, make it happen.
Question: Have you had situations where your achievement or success could be traced back to the original decision?
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